Both congruent (fiction to fiction, etc.) and divergent (fiction to poetry, art to music, etc.) swaps are acceptable here. This post is for projects running Dreamwidth or personal sites. Projects on LiveJournal should use the April Fool Swap post over on LJ-Crowdfunding instead. If you post your project on both sites, or have different projects on each, you may play in both rounds.
To participate, please leave a comment with the name of your project(s) and a link to its landing page or equivalent, and a list of some projects you know well enough to write for. I will match up the people and projects, and send notes accordingly. I recommend finishing the swap posts by March 26 so that they can be sent to the project creators with plenty of time to post on April 1. For those of you whose project has a "fan content" or "menu" page, I recommend linking to the April Fool Swap material so that folks can enjoy it later.
Total Prompters: 59
Total Donors: 36
Number of K-fans: 9 *
Number of Fishbowl Poems Written: 270
Number of Fishbowl Poems Sold Outside: 3
....."Othertongues" to Linger Fiction (November 3, 2009, Languages & Ways
....."The Forest of Infinity" to Star*Line (April 6, 2010, High Fantasy) ?
....."Astronauts and Angels" to Star*Line (March 1, 2011, Things With Wings)
Highest Number of Prompters: 29 (10/4/11 Ghosts)
Highest Number of Comments: 131 (8/2/11 Corruption & Redemption)
Total Poems Posted: 168 + 15 (sale) = 183
* K-fans are people who spend 100+ in a year, inspired by the article "1000 True Fans." Some of mine are now superfans who would qualify for k-fan multiple times. (I totally did not expect that.) Hence the enriched perk structure for 2012.
Between 2010 and 2011, the number of prompters went up and so did the number of poems posted. There was a modest increase in the number of sponsors per month.
The number of comments went WAY up, and so did the amount of donations. Interestingly, those two correlate more often than not, although not perfectly. I think that when people start riffing off each other, that shows they're excited about the topic, which pulls in more people, which generates more excitement. And sometimes it generates more poetry, because I've pulled comments for use as prompts too. This is crowdfunding at its finest, a positive feedback look. I find that very encouraging.
I look forward to seeing where 2012 takes us. Keep an eye out for tomorrow's fishbowl on "heras and villainesses!"
I think Conall's first installment is my favorite, due to the interaction between him and a blind girl named Sophia. To see all the installments, just go to kajones_writing and scroll through. Put together, they add up to about 25,000 words and give a comprehensive look at the major conflicts in this setting. I find this an effective way to tell a story that is very complex and spread over a wide area with a lot of people involved. You can follow what's happening to each character yet also see how their experiences intersect. So far, Thear hasn't been one of my top favorite series, but this story did pull me into it a little more and it introduced Sophia, whom I really like. I'll probably keep an eye out for more about her. This story is worth reading for its interesting structure.
Creators: Did you host a crowdfunding project during 2011? If so, please consider posting a year-end report about what you did and how well it worked for you, along with any major news in project development.
Do you have plans for a new project in 2012, or expansions and refinements in a current project? Share your creative goals here too.
Patrons and fans: What crowdfunding project(s) did you support during 2011? Are you looking for anything new in 2012? Maybe someone else is thinking along similar lines.
Everyone: What do you think about this community? How well is it meeting your needs? Are there things you'd like to see more or less of here? Let us know what the crowdfunding community does for you.
If you want to see what I've done with this shared-world crowdfunding project, visit my contributor page. Some of the items are for supporters only, but many are visible to the public.
We are aware that Torn World is huge and complex, which can make it seem daunting to newcomers. We are hoping to find ways to make it more inviting and easy to start exploring. If anyone has ideas on that topic, please discuss them with me.
I've also been working on the year-end perks. All my donors get a special Donor Bookmark with a poem, the year, and an autograph (stuck inside a holiday card for safekeeping). This time I also included a flyer with information about my various projects and resources that people might enjoy. (Thanks to haikujaguar for that idea.) My k-fans get a handmade volume of all the sponsored poems published in the fishbowls this year.
What holiday specials or year-end activities do you do as part of your crowdfunding projects?